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Team Japan embarrassed by CL "Stars"

by on Aug.10, 2008 @ 12:19 am, under NPB

So Team Japan recently played an exhibition game against a team of Central League players and were completely embarrassed.

Or rather, should I say, Kenshin Kawakami was embarrassed.

Kawakami was the second pitcher to come into the game yesterday (following Tsuyoshi Wada) for Team Japan and promptly served up 9 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits (2 homers) and a walk. He couldn't retire a single batter in his outing and ended up throwing 34 pitches to 9 batters.

It probably didn't help that the inning started off with an error. But giving up a double and then two homeruns back-to-back isn't quite the recipe for success either. Kawakami then proceeded to walk the next batter and gave up 4 consecutive singles before being yanked.

Masahiro Tanaka came in to try and stop the bleeding. He manage to get two quick outs but then gave up two consecutive doubles. Tanaka threw 2 innings and gave up 2 runs (both earned) on 6 hits and 3 strikeouts.

Team Japan's offense didn't make things any easier. As a team, they went 4-for-31 with 2 runs, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts. And the four hits Team Japan hit were by two players, Tsuyoshi Nishioka (2 singles) and Shuichi Murata (single and homerun).

28,227 fans were on hand to watch Team Japan get their butts spanked by Central League players.

For those interested, the CL roster.

Code:
Pitchers
LHP  Tetsuya Utsumi     2.31 ERA, 7-7     Yomiuri Giants
RHP  Kentaro Nishimura  3.05 ERA, 6-2     Yomiuri Giants
LHP  Tetsuya Yamaguchi  2.19 ERA, 6-2     Yomiuri Giants
LHP  Akifumi Takahashi  2.57 ERA, 0-0     Chunichi Dragons
RHP  Ryo Watanabe       1.90 ERA, 5-2     Hanshin Tigers
RHP  Hayato Terahara    3.36 ERA, 16 Svs  Yokohama Bay Stars
RHP  Kan Otake          3.89 ERA, 5-10    Hiroshima Carp
RHP  Takehiko Oshimoto  2.94 ERA, 4-3     Yakult Swallows

Position Players
C    Masaumi Shimizu     .250, 16 R, 2 RBI   Chunichi Dragons
C    Yoshiyuki Ishihara  .259, 25 R, 37 RBI  Hiroshima Carp
C    Masakazu Fukukawa   .179, 13 R, 18 RBI  Yakult Swallows
INF  Ryota Arai          .167, 2 R           Chunichi Dragons
INF  Takashi Toritani    .291, 48 R, 49 RBI  Hanshin Tigers
INF  Keichi Hirano       .277, 32 R, 15 RBI  Hanshin Tigers
INF  Akira Higashide     .334, 49 R, 21 RBI  Hiroshima Carp
INF  Kenta Kurihara      .330, 47 R, 58 RBI  Hiroshima Carp
INF  Kenzo Kawashima     .221, 31 R, 15 RBI  Yakult Swallows
INF  Hiroyasu Tanaka     .307, 39 R, 34 RBI  Yakilt Swallows
OF   Yoshiyuki Kamei     .256, 28 R, 14 RBI  Yomiuri Giants
OF   Ryosuke Hirata      .254, 2 R, 6 RBI    Chunichi Dragons
OF   Ikuro Katsuragi     .273, 20 R, 24 RBI  Hanshin Tigers
OF   Tatsuhiko Kenjo     .242, 35 R, 24 RBI  Yokohama Bay Stars
OF   Seiichi Uchikawa    .360, 53 R, 42 RBI  Yokohama Bay Stars
OF   Yuki Yoshimura      .259, 42 R, 57 RBI  Yokohama Bay Stars

Mike asked about Tanaka's appearance so I figured I'd throw up his pitch-by-pitch performance.

Code:
Pitch     km/h
Slider    137
  Grounder to second
Fastball  147
Fastball  146
Slider    137
Slider    138
Slider    133
  Strikeout
Slider    138
Fastball  152
  Double
Curve     --
--        --
Fastball  --
  Double
Fastball  145
Slider    136
Shuto     148
Fork      134
  Strikeout
Curve     122
Slider    133
Fastball  145
  Single
Slider    132
Fastball  144
  Grounder to second
Slider    136
Fork      137
  Grounder to short
Fastball  142
Curve     125
Slider    134
Slider    132
  Single
Slider    132
Fork      136
  Single
Shuto     140
Shuto     143
Fastball  148
Fork      135
Slider    134
Shuto     144
  Infield hit
Fastball  145
Shuto     146
Fork      137
  Strikeout

5 comments on “Team Japan embarrassed by CL "Stars"

  1. Gwynar

    There was also a game against the Pacific League "Stars" the day before yesterday in which Team Japan won (6-4). Both were played at Tokyo Dome.

    Tanaka hasn’t been awful. He’s made two appearances since he went down with pain in his arm. Both were unofficial appearances (once during the ASG and last night).

    I’ve included a pitch-by-pitch for Tanaka from last night’s game in the main post up above.

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